Camp Susquehanna

  • Leader-In-Training June 13-18, 2024
  • Volunteers June 14-18, 2024
  • Campers June 15-18, 2024

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About Camp Susquehanna

What is Camp Susquehanna?
Camp Susquehanna is a program of the Burn Prevention Network that offers year-round online activities and a 4-day, sleep-away experience for youths ages 7-21 who have had a serious burn injury. It is an opportunity for children to have fun, learn life skills, meet other burn survivors, and process the trauma of their injury in a supportive environment. Although Camp Susquehanna’s campers are of varying ages, activities and groups are geared towards each camper’s developmental needs.

 

It is the policy of the Burn Prevention Network to make its educational programs and services available to all persons, organizations, and places of business without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, race, creed, color, national origin, ability to pay, handicap or disability, and subject to the availability of institutional resources.

 

2024 In-Person Camp Important Dates

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Crusade For A Cause 2024

Crusade for a Cause is a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to send young burn survivors to Camp Susquehanna..

It’s so easy to join the Crusade!

Step 1: Create Your Page
Setting up your fundraising page takes just a few minutes. Share your passion, tell your story, and let the world know why this cause matters to you.

Step 2: Share Your Page 
Spread the word far and wide! Share your page on social media, email it to friends and family, and invite others to join the crusade alongside you.

RESOURCES: 

2024 Crusade Fundraising Guide to get you started by creating your campaign page.

Social Media Kits including graphics, posts, emails and more to help make your campaign as successful as possible!

SOCIAL MEDIA KIT FOR WEEK ONE

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Camper Info

Interested in learning more about what it’s like at Camp Susquehanna?

Check out our CAMPER’S GUIDE TO CAMP

Want more information about Camp and Camp events available to young burn survivors in Pennsylvania?  Let us know HERE.

Camper Application 2024

Packing List

Transportation Information

Coming soon!

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Volunteer Info

Interested in volunteering at Camp Susquehanna?

We have IN PERSON camp opportunities – these are counselors, program (Fun Squad) members, photographers, psychosocial, etc.  To participate in IN PERSON Camp, you must:

  • Commit to being on site for the entirety of camp (June 14-18)
  • Have experience working with children and be at least 21 years of age.
  • Complete the full camp application
  • Complete a phone interview
  • Must have Criminal and Child Abuse checks completed and submitted prior to attending camp. Anyone who has not lived in the state of PA for the last ten consecutive years ​must also complete an FBI fingerprint check. Clearances are valid for 60 months from date of ​issue.

If you would like to apply for In Person Camp 2024, start here:

 

 

 

 

If you cannot commit to the entire time at camp, we have other opportunities as well!

  • Chaperone on the buses that bring campers to and from camp.
  • Packers who label, organize, inventory, and move camp supplies.
  • Fundraisers!  Hold a raffle, a fundraising event, or recruit donors.
  • Help with a lunch stop along the bus routes for the campers.

If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, start here: 

 

 

 

Apply for Clearances

Packing List

Volunteer Handbook

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Health at Camp

Campers with special needs: 

Camp Susquehanna has qualified burn nurses on staff who dispense medications, change dressings, assist with pressure garments, and perform medical duties as needed.  For the first time this year we will also have the benefit of Telemedicine Services through Lehigh Valley Health Network!  Our programming is geared to include all levels of ability and function.   Other professionals are present, including mental health, physical, occupational, and/or recreational therapists, etc.

 

 

 

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Activities

Swimming

Music

Campfires

Fancy Dinner

Waterfront

Fishing

Climbing Wall

Ropes Course

Electives

And So Much More!

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Location

 

Camp Susquehanna is being held at beautiful Camp Westmont in Poyntelle, PA!  Surrounded by beautiful woods and containing many outdoor adventures, campers and counselors also enjoy the amenities of air conditioned facilities.

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Cost for Camp

Camp is FREE to campers, sponsored by the Fleming Foundation, the Burn Foundation of Philadelphia, M. Elvin Byler Memorial Sertoma Club, Burn Prevention Network, and other generous donors.  Campers are also offered free roundtrip bus transportation from several different sites/burn centers across Pennsylvania; including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lehigh Valley.  Children may also be brought to camp via private vehicle.

 

Staff & Leadership

Our staff consists of adult burn survivors, health care professionals, burn center staff and fire service professionals.  All of our staff undergoes criminal background checks, screening interviews, and training.

Jessica Banks, BSE

Jessica Banks is the Associative Executive Director for the Burn Prevention Network and Co-Director of Camp Susquehanna. She has a Bachelor’s degree with dual certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. She worked in Early Care Classrooms and Administration for 18 years before joining the staff of the Burn Prevention Network in 2006. She runs all programming for BPN, and holds the PA State Levels I&II Certification as a Youth Fire Misuse Specialist.  She has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2015.

Liz Dideon Hess, LCSW

Liz Dideon Hess is a Clinical Social Worker working in private practice therapy. Previously, she has worked at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Regional Burn Center for 13 years, where she provided mental health counseling, support group facilitation, and oversaw peer support programs for pediatric and adult burn survivors. She specializes in trauma, social skill development, grief, and body image issues. Liz has been a burn survivor since 2003 and has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2004.

Steven Schneider, CFPS

Steven Schneider has been a volunteer firefighter for 46 years, works for a large fire protection service provider and is a parttime instructor at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Burn Prevention Network.  Steve has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2014.

Michelle Scales, RN, BSN, CBRN

Michelle Scales graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Nursing from Fanshawe College in Canada and has worked in Burn Care for a total of 12 years.  Michelle currently works in the Outpatient Burn Recovery Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Recently, Michelle earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Chamberlain University.  She has been involved with several burn camps, and has been with Camp Susquehanna since 2014, leading our nursing team and  joining the leadership team in 2020.

Molly Principe, CAM

Molly Principe has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2008.  Prior to volunteering, Molly helped to raise over $100,000 for Camp. She is an Assistant Community Manager of a luxury apartment community in Lancaster, PA.

Jessica Smith, MS, CCLS

Jessica is a Senior Child Life Specialist at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Jess has a Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and has worked as a certified child life specialist for over 10 years. Jess worked at the UPMC Mercy Trauma Burn Center for four years during which time she provided psychosocial support to pediatric burn survivors and their families. Jess has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2012 serving as a counselor, team leader, and psychosocial support team member.

Leaders In Training Info

The Leaders In Training (LIT) program is a three year leadership program within Camp Susquehanna, for young adults ages 18 to 21 with an option for a fourth year. The LIT program focuses on fostering skills necessary to becoming a good leader as well as developing life skills that will be beneficial throughout the participant’s lifetime. Through a combination of group discussions and exercises, the participants will recognize the value of teamwork and planning, how to overcome obstacles, handle setbacks and continue to develop their own values. These skills will be put to use while interacting and assisting the campers and counselors. Entry into this program is via an application process, which will be reviewed by a committee of the Camp and those accepted will be notified.

Leader In Training Application

 

 

Virtual Fest Events

Our next virtual Camp Susquehanna event will be SPRINGFEST on April 22nd, 2024!

Stay tuned for more information.

 

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Donate

Camp Susquehanna is only possible because of generous community donors and businesses. It costs roughly $2500 to send one child to camp, and the entire experience is completely free of charge to our campers and their families!

Please mail your gift to:

Burn Prevention Network
Attn: Cori Rolón
6081 Hamilton Blvd. Suite 600-628
Allentown, PA 18106

Make checks payable to: Burn Prevention Network and write “Camp Susquehanna” in the memo.

The Burn Prevention Network is a Non-Profit Charitable Corporation registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free 1-800-732-0999.

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Contact Us

Camp Susquehanna is a program of the Burn Prevention Network. 

Mailing Address:

6081 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 600-628
Allentown, PA 18106 -3107

484-224-3032